Details Emerge From Bicycle Accident That Left Shawn Bradley Paralyzed

Former NBA big man Shawn Bradley is paralyzed from a devastating bicycle accident that happened back in January. The crash, which happened in the afternoon on Jan. 20th of this year, was only about a block away from his house. Now we’re finally getting some details on how the accident happened.

Via USA Today:

“Bradley was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a moving vehicle forcing him to collide with a parked car on the shoulder of the road, according to St. George, Utah police officer’s report of the traffic crash.

The driver of moving vehicle, a Dodge van, told police she saw the cyclist and passed Bradley at about 10 mph and gave “the cyclist plenty of room putting their driver side tire between the two yellow sets (of) double lines,” according to the report.

“V1 driver looked into their rear view mirror as they passed V2 (a Saturn) and saw the cyclist flipping through the air and landed on their back,” the report said.

The report noted a fresh scratch on the passenger side of the moving vehicle.

“The cyclist had impacted the driver side rear bumper of V2 after which the bicycle and cyclist traveled along the top of the trunk and the cyclist continued along the side of V1 causing scratches and several dents to V2,” according to the report.

Bradley did not recall what happened later that day at the hospital, but police followed up with Bradley the following day at the hospital and he told police he saw “V2 parked on the road and was in the process of passing it when V1 made contact with him and sent him into V2,” the report said.

The passenger of the Saturn later told police over the phone that “it appeared the impact of the bicyclist had occurred at approximately the same time as V1 passing V2,” the report said.

Police obtained GPS information on Bradley’s ride path and it indicated Bradley was never going faster than 14 mph on the road where the crash happened and that he was traveling a low speed at the time of the collision, according to the report.”


Bradley is currently recovering after neck fusion surgery. The former Mavericks star reportedly spent the past two months hospitalized and undergoing rehabilitation.

Bradley was No. 2 pick in the 1993 draft. Wishing Bradley the best in recovery.

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